National Cheese Lover’s Day is January 20, and to help you celebrate, we rounded up a collection of delicious accompaniments to pair with some of your favorite Wisconsin Cheese varieties.
For the Cheddar lovers:
The tannins in cranberries and beets work well with a complex Aged Cheddar, while the spiciness of horseradish cuts the creaminess of the cheese.
- Pear Cider Reduction by Chef Sarah Stegner
Explore a sweeter side of the flavor spectrum with a warm cider reduction. Drizzle on a piece of Aged Cheddar with a side of poached or fresh pears for a unique dessert plate
Any bowl of mixed nuts can be paired with Wisconsin Cheddar, but these Honey Mustard Roasted Cashews are an irresistible, salty-sweet-spicy-smoky blend that will take your cheese pairing to the next level.
For pairing with Blue Cheese varieties:
Sugar-crusted bacon with a peppery kick contrasts the creamy saltiness of Blue Cheese. The mouthfeel is unforgettably lush and the ﬂavor is addictive.
Green and kalamata olives are delicious all on their own, but a little garlic and orange zest along with a few spices up the ante to complement aged Blue Cheese.
Figs and Blue Cheese are always a good combo, but these figs are especially satisfying, with a sweet, boozy twist and a hint of cinnamon and cloves.
Perfect with Soft-Ripened Cheeses:
- Warm Pistachios from our Cheese Pairing Guide
Warming the pistachios brings out the lushness of the creamy cheese, while the salt and crunch offer a delightful contrast.
- Poached Pickled Grapes by Chef Julian Alonzo
Take your green grapes from ordinary to extraordinary with an easy twist using only three ingredients. The texture and taste of the grapes are a perfect complement to a Camembert or Brie.
- Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie by Chef Ina Pinkney
Baking a soft-ripened cheese is a simple way to incorporate a variety of flavors. This Cranberry Pecan Baked Brie, with notes of cinnamon and ginger, can be an excellent appetizer or a great dessert for sharing.